Three command groups to lead medical services during FIFA 2022

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There will be three command groups to deal with medical services in the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup, a senior official noted on Saturday.

“We have more or less a similar national health strategy for the next FIFA World Cup, as in the case of the Covid-19 strategy. There will be three tactical command groups to take care of the organization of all medical services during the event,” revealed Dr. Muna al-Maslamani, Medical Director, Center for Communicable Diseases, Hamad Medical Corporation.
Dr al-Maslamani was speaking at the closing plenary session of the Qatar Health Virtual Conference 2022 and the 2nd Qatar Public Health Virtual Conference on the topic “What is the future of mass gatherings, in the post- vaccine ? »
“Of the three groups, one will look at the acute service with the hospitalization and isolation facility: another will provide the community with a quarantine facility as well as track and trace services. The final group will look at public health information. In addition, there will be a spokesperson linked to the FIFA World Cup,” explained Dr al-Maslamani.
Other panellists were Dr Dalia Samouri, WHO; Prof Pierre Carli, France and Dr Kristina Angelo, CDC, Atlanta and the session was moderated by Dr Roberto Bertollini from the Department of Public Health.
Dr al-Maslamani also spoke about the lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and how it showed the importance of a proactive approach applied by Qatar during the pandemic.
“We started the preparation even before the first case was reported in Qatar. We did all the preparation and in parallel we also had a contingency plan preparation. Because of this, we got a quick response and effective when the crisis hit us. We had a central health command center for the smooth running of the process and linked it with all ministries and other stakeholders. The same will also play an important role during the Cup of the world,” the official noted.
Dr. Samouri emphasized the need for aligned messaging and trust in driving mega-events.
“We need to build trust and provide the right information to counter rumours. We need to build trust and the right message needs to be sent to the public. Therefore, we need to educate the public so that they get the right message from the right source. This will help deliver the right message at the right time,” Dr. Samouri said.
She also noted that after the event there should be a good understanding of the whole process that took place.
“We have to understand if we were doing the right thing; if we planned the interventions in the right way or if we had the right system. We have lots of tools that can be used to review the response and review how the mass gathering went. This will help generate the right legacy for the country,” she stressed.
According to Professor Carli, responses from different corners need to be synchronized and the right message needs to be formed.
“Medical coordination is an important point for any mass gathering. Communication is another. There should be more interconnection between communication, services and medical arrangements. We must continue to share information among all stakeholders to create knowledge base content. It is extremely important to make mass gatherings effective,” he said.
During this time, Dr. Angelo focused on travelers and the need to shine a light on them as they are the people most affected by pandemics initially.
“It is very important that we have a public health emergency service for the mass gathering program. Systematic surveillance is very important to contain the spread of any pandemic, especially during any mega-event. Economic data and airline data are also crucial to identify major new or emerging destinations and to learn more about the specifics of locations,” she added.

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